The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Announces Their Upcoming Schedule

Theatre Under the Stars The Sound of Music December 8-20, 2009
Sarofim Hall
Tickets start at $24

For tickets please call 713.558.TUTS(8887)

After last season's WHITE CHRISTMAS with "snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes," this year TUTS presents another holiday gift from the wish list of your favorite things ... that classic show for all ages, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture, the show is one of only four which also won Broadway's Best Musical Tony Award®. The songs everyone loves, including "Lonely Goatherd," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" form a score still a top-seller for nearly five decades. THE SOUND OF MUSIC, last and greatest success of Rodgers & Hammerstein, will charm you once again just in time for the holiday season. Your "heart will be blessed"... and you'll "sing once more!"

Sandra Organ Dance Company Amahl & the Night Visitors December 19 - 20, 2009 - 2:00 PM & 7:30PM
Zilkha Hall

Tickets - $42, $32, $22
Students / Seniors (with Valid ID) available at the Box Office

For tickets please call 713.315.2525

Sandra Organ Dance Company presents Amahl and the Night Visitors, the heartwarming story of Amahl, a poor lame shepherd boy who, with his mother are visited one night by three wise men seeking lodging during their star-led journey. The magi tell Amahl of the remarkable child they have set out to see. Choreographed by James Sewell, Amahl also includes American Sign Language to tell Amahl's story and share the themes of hope, healing, and compassion. This family-friendly Christmas story is fast becoming a holiday favorite.

Ars Lyrica A Neapolitan New Year Thursday December 31, 2009 - 8:30 PM
Zilkha Hall

Tickets - $41.25, $36.25, $31.25 (Including Fees)
Student Tickets Available (With Valid ID)

Gala Tickets - $51.25
For tickets please call 713.315.2525 or click here.
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Houston's premier early music ensemble, Ars Lyrica Houston, plans a New Year's Eve performance that will include an American premiere of J. A. Hasse' early masterpiece Marc Antonio e Cleopatra. Composed in Naples in 1725 on the famous tale of Antony and Cleopatra, the piece showcases two brilliant young singers: mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and soprano Ava Pine. Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst will be leading the ensemble from his customary seat at the harpsichord, and is delighted to welcome back to the Zilkha Hall stage two such wonderful singers for this festive program.

A winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has been described by Opera News as "a rising star" with a "sumptuous voice. Ms. Barton is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and debuts this season with the Metropolitan Opera as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. For more information on Jamie Barton, please visit her website

Soprano Ava Pine, who is praised by audiences and critics alike for her "sheer vocal beauty, ease and eloquence" and "rewarding musicianship," excels in music ranging from Baroque to Contemporary. She draws from a rich well of experience in both classical music and the theatrical stage, which she uses to maximum effect to communicate with her audiences, whether singing opera, oratorio, or giving a recital. More information on Ava can be found on her website

The concert will be followed by a New Year's Eve Gala and Silent Auction with special appearance by Ars Lyrica's artists, champagne, delectable hors d'oeuvres and donated prizes, that will take place at the Founder's Club in the Hobby Center. Guests will have the chance to bid on items such as Continental airline tickets, private house concerts, and a catered dinner for twelve.

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